Welcome to the System z Management Blog, where you can read the perspectives from System z experts. This Blog provides insights into the System z solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM products.
Hi everyone, We hope all is well. Thank you for your ongoing support of our IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS and IBM OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite's EAP programs and for your attendance of our l ast PARMGEN EAP held in 1Q17 . Schedule : The PARMGEN development team will be hosting an EAP web conference on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 10:00-11:00 a.m. US EDT. June 29th Focus Topics : As part of our continued focus on our suites' deployment simplification, we want to provide a roadmap update to various... [More]
We're always looking for new and better ways of keeping you in the loop with the latest developments from the IBM z IT Service Management and Operational Analytics teams. This blog is one such forum and we are pleased to announce a new regular newsletter to complement this Our newsletter gives you a quick summary of IBM's z Systems service management and IT operational analytics latest announcements, upcoming events, educational material, and product introductions and updates -- straight to your inbox. Our... [More]
Thanks for your attendance of our previous z Management Suites Deployment Customer Open Q&A teleconference call held on May 10, 2017 . The cumulative 2015-2017 meeting minutes, which include the Q&A low-level details from our last call, are available in a downloadable PDF from the following link in SMC z Systems community: URL: h t t p : / / w w w . i b m . c o m / d e v e l o p e r w o r k s / c o m m u n i t y / g r o u p s / s e r v i c e / h t m l / c o m m u n i t y v i e w ? c o m m u n i t y U u i d = 5 e 6 5 9 9 0 a - 9 6... [More]
IBM Doc Buddy V1.3.0 is now available for download in Apple App Store and Google Play ! IBM Doc Buddy is a mobile app that enables you to search for the error messages issued from IBM z Systems products. Once you install the app on your smart phone or tablet, you can search for the explanation of z Systems product messages within seconds. This release includes major search enhancements: • The app now supports online search in addition to offline search . You can get instant search results if you are connected to... [More]
Next week IBM Systems Technical University 2017 lands in Orlando with packed schedule of updates, hands-on labs and discussions around IBM z Systems offerings. The full technical session agenda is available now for those registered to read through and pick the sessions you want to attend. For those of you interested in z/OS systems management (including monitoring, automation and analytics) IBM will have many useful sessions you might want to attend. I have listed just a few... [More]
Join us for our next webcast on June 21 at 11 AM ET. We will focus on a key component of any systems monitoring tool-alert management. OMEGAMON has long provided a robust mechanism for capturing anomalies within the monitoring environment called "Situations." Now you can view and manage these Situations with the DE Situation Status Tree through the Enhanced 3270UI. Learn how to take advantage of the Status Tree in this session. In particular, current users of OMEGAVIEW may find this webcast of interest to assist in... [More]
On Thursday, May 18 at 11:00 am EDT, the OMEGAMON for APM team will hold its next EAP session. While the first session was intended to provide a basic introduction to OMEGAMON for APM and transaction tracking, this session will focus on our plans to integrate with AppDynamics. The team will also discuss the upcoming availability of beta driver 2, which will include initial support for this integration. Broadcast Invitation: If you wish to receive an official calendar broadcast invitation entry to reserve the meeting time, please... [More]
Thanks for your attendance of our previous z Management Suites Deployment Customer Open Q&A teleconference call held on April 12, 2017 . The cumulative 2015-2017 meeting minutes, which include the Q&A low-level details from our last call, are available in a downloadable PDF from the following link in SMC z Systems community: URL: h t t p : / / w w w . i b m . c o m / d e v e l o p e r w o r k s / c o m m u n i t y / g r o u p s / s e r v i c e / h t m l / c o m m u n i t y v i e w ? c o m m u n i t y U u i d = 5 e 6 5 9 9 0 a - 9... [More]
A Service Stream Enhancement (SSE) for IBM Security zSecure 2.2.1 has been made available on April 19, 2017 to provide support for new DB2 12 features. These include DB2 region settings, new SMF log record event subtypes, and a new DB2 object privilege. Background IBM Security zSecure suite builds on the security support in z/OS and IBM Resource Access Control Facility (RACF) to enhance mainframe security capabilities. Some components of the zSecure suite also support CA-ACF2 and CA-Top... [More]
Listen to the recorded OMEGAMON Architecture Overview and get a quick simple view of how the modernized OMEGAMON works. What are the major components and how do they work together to provide performance and availability information. This is must viewing for OMEGAMON interested people. YouTube webcast Wiki link to webcast Link to past webcasts, sign up for next session
The WebSphere MQ Monitoring agent provides dozens of workspaces for you to view monitoring data. Some workspaces can be retrieved directly from the TEP navigation nodes, for example, the Queue Manager Status workspace. Some workspaces can only be linked to from another workspace, which might not be that obvious especially when you are not familiar with the agent. If you want to locate some specific attribute and don’t know which workspace contains this attribute, here is something you can try with the documentation. Note: Only the... [More]
As we all know that advanced parameters that are introduced by the PARMGEN PTFs are customized via the parameters in the Kpp$* user imbeds, performance the following steps if you want to exploit such parameters. Add the new parameters to the rte_plib_hilev . rte_name .WCONFIG(K pp $*) user imbeds. You must recreate the user imbeds to include the new parameters.
Rename the existing rte_plib_hilev . rte_name .WCONFIG(K pp $*) user imbeds. Rerun the rte_plib_hilev . rte_name .WCONFIG(KCIJPUP1) job to recreate the rte_plib_hilev . rte_name... [More]
This article was written by Scot Dixon and posted by Lori Esteves. IBM OMEGAMON for Application Performance Management IBM OMEGAMON for Application Performance Management (OM APM) extends the capabilities of IBM APM and IBM OMEGAMON by integrating OMEGAMON data from monitored z/OS systems with data from other monitored non-z/OS environments to present a more complete view of user applications on the APM UI. Data from seven OMEGAMON z/OS agents can now be rendered on the APM UI: CICS, CTG, IMS, DB2, JVM, z/OS LPAR and WMQ. ... [More]
OMEGAMON for APM V5.4.0 was released in September 2016 as an "on-prem" offering, enabling resource monitoring for z-based application components. Last week, the cloud offering for Application Performance Management was refreshed and OMEGAMON for APM will be available as a "z system extension pack" for SaaS subscriptions. Even if a SaaS offering does not fit your needs, the Cloud Marketplace does include a "Live Demo" environment. This is a great opportunity for you to explore the whole IBM APM... [More]
Join us on April 19th, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT with our speaker Dale Hodson for the webcast. z/OS systems management experts rely on having fast and accurate information about their enterprise to quickly identify problems, locate the root cause and take the appropriate actions. The OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270UI is the strategic interface for these subject matter experts to manage their z/OS infrastructure and key subsystems. To help new users become familiar with the Enhanced 3270UI we have planned a series of webinars. In the next... [More]
A Service Stream Enhancement (SSE) has been made available for the Access Monitor component of zSecure Admin 2.2.1 on March 30, 2017 to enable analytics processing. Insight Pack 3 for IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems (IOAz) 3.1 was made available around the same time, enabling IOAz to process Access Monitor statistics. Background IBM Secu rity zSe cure sui t e can help you protect your enterprise, detect threats, comply with policy and regulations and reduce costs. Most... [More]
New functions have been introduced and covered in the updates to the OMEGAMON® XE for IMS™ V530 . PTF UA 91324 (March 2017) introduces the following new feature and enhancement:
Database Details workspaces You can view information in the new Database Detail workspaces such as the date and time an error occurred and the type of error, which enables you to resolve errors faster and more efficiently. You can also view the health and efficiency of your database depending on its type:
For data entry databases (DEDBs), you can view... [More]
Thanks for your attendance of the previous OMEGAMON deployment customer open Q&A teleconference call held on February 22, 2017 . The cumulative 2016-2017 meeting minutes, which include the Q&A low-level details from our last call, are available in a downloadable PDF from the following link in SMC z Systems community: URL: h t t p : / / w w w . i b m . c o m / d e v e l o p e r w o r k s / c o m m u n i t y / g r o u p s / s e r v i c e / h t m l / c o m m u n i t y v i e w ? c o m m u n i t y U u i d = 5 e 6 5 9 9 0 a - 9 6 9 0 -... [More]
We are pleased to announce that support for (traditional) WebSphere Application Server V9 and Liberty has been added to ITCAM for Application Diagnostics on z/OS. Using this new enhancement, you can now perform detailed monitoring of performance on the latest levels of application server. The support is provided through an updated data collector (18.104.22.168), often referred to as the ITCAM Data Collector for WebSphere. When you configure and start the data collector it runs within the same Java Virtual Machine (JVM) as the application server and... [More]
To take over the configuration of an RTE from another user, you just need to supply the GBL_USER_JCL, the RTE high-level qualifier, and your preferred jobcard information. With these values, you can manipulate any RTEs previously created by someone else. To manage another user’s RTE, proceed as follows: 1. Start the installation and configuration tool by running the command EX 'gbl_target_hilev.TKANCUS'. ‘gbl_target_hilev’ is the high-level qualifier for the SMP/E target libraries where the products are installed. The... [More]
The OMEGAMON APM team will cover several topics, including: Where to access a Live Demo environment to explore today’s resource monitoring capability. An overview of our plans to deliver transaction tracking, including what has been implemented in our first beta drop. An overview of our plans to partner with AppDynamics. This is not your traditional OMEGAMON. It is very valuable to Application Owners who wish to quickly isolate transaction-related problems. It is a great DevOps tool , allowing application developers to... [More]
Dear Friends of System Automation, his is a friendly reminder not to forget about EOTC 2017 . We have managed a special rate for the hotel but this is only valid till April 3rd. There are still some rooms left, so take your chance!! The conference is planned from Monday, May 15 through Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English . Remember that the conference will last half a day longer than last year. Begin is on Monday at 1 PM, end is on Thursday at noon. This conference... [More]
The first beta download for OMEGAMON for APM V5.5.0 is ready! The first release of OMEGAMON for APM provided resource monitoring for application resources on the z platform. Specifically, visibility was given to z/OS, CICS, MQ/IIB, DB2 IMS and JVM application resources. With this beta package, visibility has been extended to include more JVM information and CTG resources as well. The most exciting new feature of OMEGAMON for APM V5.5.0 is transaction tracking. For this first beta drop, look for transaction... [More]
System Automation for z/OS V4.1 and Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.4.2 are now generally available. We are providing many valuable and requested capabilities with the new releases. To learn more about the new enhancements and updates you can have a look on the Knowledge Centers of the two products: For System Automation for z/OS V4.1 the KC link is here . For Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.4.2 the KC link is here . You also can have a look on the developerWorks... [More]
Join us on March 30, 2017 11 EDT as Dean Butler the Lead Developer will present the next webcast in our series. z/OS systems management experts rely on having fast and accurate information about their enterprise to quickly identify problems, locate the root cause and take the appropriate actions. The OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270UI is the strategic interface for these subject matter experts to manage their z/OS infrastructure and key subsystems. To help new users become familiar with the Enhanced 3270UI we have planned a series of... [More]
OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux Fix Pack 3 is now available for download from Fix Central. This Fix Pack contains the following enhancements: New workspaces that allow you to monitor CPU Pools in both z/VM 6.3 and z/VM 6.4.
CPU pooling provides the ability to define a limit on the amount of CPU resources
(in terms of real CP or IFL processors) that a group of z/VM guests are
allowed to consume in aggregate. One or more
virtual machines can be assigned to a CPU pool (a virtual
machine can be assigned to one CPU pool at a time) and... [More]
With the release today of OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux 4.3.0 FP3, you may now manage your z/VM LPARs from an Ubuntu Linux guest within that LPAR. FixPack 3 supports running OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux on Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS and later. This is in addition to the current support for running on REHL and SLES. You will need to upgrade your ITM infrastructure to ITM 6.3 FixPack 7 in order to use this support.
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System Automation for z/OS 4.1 and Service Management Suite for z/OS 1.4.2 have been announced to provide new functions to optimize the efficiency and availability of critical systems and applications on IBM z... [More]